It’s what they do: Obama’s State of the Divided Union [Darleen Click]
It’s who they are …
More than 20 survivors of gun violence and their family members will be in the House chamber on Tuesday as President Obama gives the first State of the Union address of his second term.
The effort, organized in part by Mayors Against Illegal Guns and congressional advocates of stricter gun laws, may be the first coordinated attempt to pack the gallery with a group of people pushing for one issue, according to House historians and longtime congressional observers.
Members who say they are providing tickets to gun violence victims include Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., and Democratic Reps. Jim Langevin of Rhode Island, Carolyn McCarthy of New York, Ed Perlmutter, who represents Aurora, Colo., and Elizabeth Esty, who represents Newtown, Conn., where 20 schoolchildren and six adults were killed in a mass shooting at a school last December.
Unfortunately, come Wednesday morning, Boehner will sigh, let his eyes water as he intones about all the Moral Authority of the victims in the gallery, and talk about the importance of Republicans reaching across the aisle in these trying times.
Wonder how many Republicans will finally stop “compromising” [ahem] since Dems refuse to even attempt a reach-around.